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Human-wildlife conflict: Keep off animals’ migratory corridors

Wild animals have from time immemorial been known to migrate from one location to the other in search of pasture or for the purposes of procreation or merely to avoid predators. Human- wildlife conflict poses a challenge to a country like ours due to inevitable competition for resources between man and beast due to encroachment of wildlife habitats by humans.
We need sound wildlife management to protect the Big Five – elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo besides other wildlife.
To do this, known wildlife migratory corridors must be free of human encroachment. Tourists flock to Kenya because they are assured of viewing wildlife in their natural habitats.
Reported attempts by cattle herders to set fire to pasture in northern Tanzania to stop the wildebeest or gnu migration from Serengeti National Park to Kenya’s Maasai Mara are unfortunate. Any attempt to disrupt wildlife migratory corridors if not checked can only kill the goose that lays the golden egg.

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